My biggest struggle is to make time last and stretch out indefinitely. Well, not índefinitely’ in the literal sense. It never seems enough to do all things on my list after I leave work. In days like today this battle seems to have the upper hand. The other day I got home at 8.30 and quickly concocted a light supper together. I was ravenous but too tired to cook anything that could be laborious. I just sliced thin strips of roast beef and threw into a salad bowl with radicchio leaves, some red chillie and a dressing that was much closer to Thailand than Surrey. Was it pure hunger that made me classify that meal as a total delight? Could as well have been. The result was total satisfaction.
Amidst this big struggle with time I jumped at the opportunity of heading to Zurich for a couple of days. It was the opportunity to get away,have a change of environment, get to know a new place and talk and eat a lot of chocolate that made the short trip seem even more unmissable.
I left a snow covered Surrey to arrive in a magically white dressed Zurich. I spent so many springs in Switzerland in the past. Always rowing. I used to combine those visits with visits to Basel or Berne where a very good friend lived. For no particular reason Zurich was always a passing by city. I encountered an absolutely pretty place, full of narrow cobbled streets, charming shops, very polite locals, beautiful buildings. Suddenly I just felt totally enamoured with this city that never before seemed to deserve a lot of my time.
There was also Sprungli, the famous Confisserie. And then there was Sweet Zurich, the tours organized by the author of My Kughelhopf. They are tours involving a very small number of people, so to keep it intimate. The four of us – three participants and Kerrin who is the brain and organizer of the tours, met outside Sprungli flagship shop at Paradeplatz. There was a warm and friendly introduction, where we all took in turns to tell a wee bit about ourselves. That just broke the ice nicely, and set a friendly tone to the few hours we had together. We were introduced to some lovely shops – from chocolate to cupcakes. They were all little gems, small businesses with an awful lot of character. Friendly shop owners and staff. We all had plenty of time to take it all in. The new flavours, the surroundings, the history behind the place…I won’t tell you the places we visited as that should be the surprise element of Sweet Zurich. I do recommend the trip immensely. Kerrin is a delightful girl, extremely charismatic who makes us feel terribly comfortable. Very knowledgeable of all things chocolate. I have no doubt that anyone who takes the trip will have a great time. Get in touch with her: SWEET ZURICH.
The day after the tour I went back to a couple of the shops we visited and purchased some chocolate to take home. It has been nearly a month and I still have quite a few delicious specimen saved for a special occasion.
It was a short trip but such joy. I’m really glad I took it.